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Horsetail in a riparium?

Is dwarf horsetail a good plant for a riparium?

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Should be, if it gets enough light. I have it growing in several tubs in my basement, but it gets some diffuse sunlight and fluorescent light. I've had it for 2 years now and it's slowly spreading even into the water.
What I have is very skinny like, grass and only grows about 4-5 inches tall.
Is that what you have?
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Yes, that would be great!

How much flourecent light do you give it?

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I'm interested in replicating the look of a pond's edge in an aquarium...
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Here you go
First picture is of one of my "Wabis" with equisetum growing in it It's about the size of a golf ball in total.
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Last pic is of the general tub set up. Windows face south but rarely get any direct sunlight. lights are left on most of the time.
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In the summer I move all plants out to a tub in my greenhouse and submerge most with and 1/2-1" of water, with little islands to let things grow up onto.

Its worked really well!

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Wow! Those are awesome! That is similar to the look I want to get...

Can I buy some plants from you if I ever set this thing up?
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sure check your pm!

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Do you have a jornal for your planted tubs ?
how are they filtered,any fish/inverts ?
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I keep taking pictures but most come out so bad that I'm reluctant to post them. Maybe I'll try and out something together though since there's interest.

Tubs are mostly un filtered/etc but I sometimes use little pumps to splash water and increase humidity. I've just started using airstones as well.

As for critters other than incidental blackworms and snails nothing else as the tubs can go down to 40-50 degrees and I worry about survival.
I do have some heated tanks with Malawa shrimp and if I ever get enough I might start trying them in tubs.

I'll post some more pics in a bit!

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I would also be interested to see if you can get it to grow. I tried a small horsetail (can't remember the species) once, but it just fizzled after a while.

It would be great to try a horsetail maybe 12" or so tall. That would be a good size for riparium.
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I have some growing outside. Planted in classic plant soil and kept moist with automatic irrigation system. Then, I had some cuts planted in outside "riparium" made from sand ; and it went growing new stems. Same with bits planted in an indoor riparium ; still only planted in "Sable de Loire".


Equisetum scirpoides (Dwarf Horsetail) and moss

The "indoor" testing installation can be seen here. You can see the equisitum ; that didn't fork yet at the time of the shot. Now that I know it works, I'm building a real support for planting on top of the tank.

During my duplication testings, some cuttings did survive, some didn't. There might be a size or a way of cutting the initial stem. But I haven't identified it yet But it seems to be working nearly every time.

Everybody knew it was impossible to achieve. Some idiot wasn't aware of it. And just did it.
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So- can horsetails be healthy planted in shallow water (like 3" deep), rather than just at the water's surface?
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So- can horsetails be healthy planted in shallow water (like 3" deep), rather than just at the water's surface?
Usually when I see them out in nature they are growing in muddy ground, not standing water.

The bigger ones might work like that. You would have to experiment.
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